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Indiana doctors raise worries about proposed abortion ban

Aug. 02, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Doctors fear they could face criminal charges when they provide emergency treatment for pregnant women if a proposal aimed at banning nearly all abortions in Indiana becomes law, several physicians told state lawmakers Tuesday. That testimony came after an...

Judge refuses to dismiss suit against DMV over vanity tag

Aug. 01, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed against Delaware government officials who recalled a vanity license plate issued to a breast cancer survivor because of what the state transportation secretary described as a “perceived profanity.” ...

Michigan prof who made vulgar video quits, settles for $95K

Jul. 31, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan professor who was suspended in January for making a profanity-filled video to welcome students settled his legal dispute with a university by accepting $95,000 and agreeing to a three-year gag order. As part of the deal, Barry Mehler retired from Ferris...

Pope in Quebec amid decline of Catholic Church in province

Jul. 27, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Pope Francis arrived in Quebec on Wednesday at a time when many French Canadians in the province are not only moving away from religion but explicitly rejecting it, embracing secularization long after their forebears built their identity on the rock of the Catholic Church. ...

Idaho GOP rejects abortion exception to save mother's life

Jul. 18, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Republican Party has rejected adding language to their platform to allow an abortion to save the life of the mother. KMVT-TV reported that a majority of the roughly 700 delegates from around the state rejected the change to the party's existing...

Pope, unable to go to Congo, embraces Congolese in Rome

Jul. 03, 2022 08:48 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis greeted members of the Congolese community in Rome, borrowing words from their native languages Sunday to wish them peace and joy during an especially vibrant ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica. Francis, 85, was supposed to make a July 2-7...

Gabon and Togo admitted into Commonwealth group of nations

Jun. 25, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The African nations of Gabon and Togo have been admitted into the Commonwealth group of nations. “We welcome them,” Rwandan President Paul Kagame, whose government hosted a summit of Commonwealth leaders this week, told reporters Saturday. ...

Alabama judge cited for remarks against governor, cursing

Jun. 24, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge who belittled the governor over her age and gender and repeatedly cursed in court was removed from duty and could be ousted from office, records show. Mobile County Circuit Judge James T. Patterson was suspended after the Judicial Inquiry...

Ryanair drops Afrikaans test that angered South Africans

Jun. 15, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Budget airline Ryanair says it has scrapped its controversial Afrikaans language test for South African travelers aimed at weeding out people with phony passports. The Dublin-based airline changed its policy of requiring South African travelers to the U.K. to pass...

Ryanair forces Afrikaans test on South African passengers

Jun. 06, 2022 12:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Budget airline Ryanair says it's forcing South African travelers to the U.K. to do a test in the Afrikaans language to prove their nationality in an apparent effort to weed out those with phony passports. Dublin-based Ryanair, Europe's biggest airline, mainly...